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Moped-Restricted Driver License

This page provides information on obtaining an Oregon Moped-Restricted Driver License.

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General Information

DMV issues a restricted Class C driver license to moped-only operators 16 years of age or older. You cannot get an instruction permit for operating a moped.

A Class C driver license allows operation of a moped.

Moped Definition

ORS 801.345 defines a moped as a vehicle, including any bicycle equipped with a power source, other than an electric assisted bicycle as defined in ORS 801.258 or a motor assisted scooter as defined in ORS 801.348, that complies with all of the following:

  1. It is designed to be operated on the ground upon wheels.
  2. It has a seat or saddle for use of the rider.
  3. It is designed to travel with not more than three wheels in contact with the ground.
  4. It is equipped with an independent power source that:
    • Is capable of propelling the vehicle, unassisted, at a speed of not more than 30 miles per hour on a level road surface; and
    • If the power source is a combustion engine, has a piston or rotor displacement of 35.01 to 50 cubic centimeters regardless of the number of chambers in the power source.
  5. It is equipped with a power drive system that functions directly or automatically only and does not require clutching or shifting by the operator after the system is engaged.

 Note: In using the ORS link above, you will need to scroll down to find the correct ORS reference.

Driving Restrictions

A moped-restricted license allows operation of only mopeds. Operating a vehicle that does not fit the definition of a moped with a moped-restricted license could result in a citation for operating a vehicle without driving privileges (ORS 807.010).

To Qualify/Apply

You must apply in person at a DMV office, and you must:

After you meet the requirements, you are issued an interim card to use until you receive your moped-restricted license in the mail.

If you surrender a previous driver license, permit or Oregon ID Card, it is hole-punched and returned to you. The hole-punched card is not valid by itself, but may be used as additional proof of identity with the interim card.

Related Information

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